Friday, September 02, 2016

A time to be planting

A piece of writing from Ecclesiastes is popular at weddings, funerals, and special occasions and I wonder why because it is rather dispiriting, the positives and negatives of life. Perhaps we do need both to understand that life does have contrasts. A time to be planting.... and the reckoning when the bouganvillea is dying. How different and how sad.  ;Yesterday my son started demolishing the almost dead bouganvillea in front of our house, one part had even rooted into the rooftop. Very prickly and tangled, but it was time.

New International Version
A Time for Everything
1There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.


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